Archive | May, 2007

I like a synth-pop band?

22 May

My friend Dan’s band, Squaretape, played–or rather, ROCKED–at Bay to Breakers on Sunday. Check out this KRON-4 video on them:

BYO Bon Jovi

9 May


As I was perusing the bonjovi.com online store (hey, I’m from New Jersey, what can I say), I came across their Collectible Wine section. Somehow, I don’t see Bon Jovi fans paying $100 for a commemorative Have a Nice Day zinfandel. But maybe I’m wrong. I also think the Slippery When Wet commemorative Chardonnay was Richie Sambora’s idea. He seems like he’d enjoy the innuendo.

Why does my beer smell like skunk?

7 May


My most recent article for Chow.com, on why beer gets skunked, was just posted here. Check it out.

And, according to my research, pilsners in and of themselves are not more susceptible to skunking (that was added in the edit). Charlie Bamforth, professor of brewing science and chair of the Food Sciences and Technology dept. at UC-Davis, indicated that there aren’t any particular hops or types of beer that skunk more easily. It really just boils down to the color of glass used in the bottle. Although I’d guess that since pilsners and lagers have a more delicate taste, it’s easier to detect the skunked flavor in them.

NovelĀ Drinks

7 May

I was just reading about a Lemon-Thyme Gimlet, on Slashfood, and the author mentioned that he started drinking gimlets after reading about them in Raymond Chandler novels. That’s why I did, too. Philip Marlowe made them sound so damn cool. I prefer mine like Marlowe’s–Rose’s lime juice, not fresh. It made me wonder what other food and drinks I’ve tried just because I’ve read about them in a novel.

(By the way, The Big Lebowski is based, in part, on Chandler’s novel The Big Sleep. The Dude’s Caucasians are his version of Marlowe’s gimlets.)